Identity.

Take a step back and consider yourself, who you are, what you do and your worldview.

Until becoming a student of ELL230, I was completely unaware that I am a reflection of my parents. The analysis of intercultural communication and cultural identity has deepened my understanding of how I am a mirror of my family’s Italian culture and values.

Growing up, I never truly understood why friends were shocked when I wasn’t allowed to go to the movies on my own, they never understood why when I open my lunch box it smelt like a delicatessen, or when I answered the phone I spoke another language. I was always questioned and teased for being so different to their norm. But it wasn’t until I fully understood that these differences are rooted in the influence of one’s cultural identity, and they shape your sense of self and worldview.

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Culture is the essence of our being – culture is the social behaviour and knowledge of a society encompassed with language, religion, food, music and so on (Zimmermann, 2019). Our culture shapes us, and the way in which we understand the world around us, allowing us to become more culturally aware.

 

For this project, I will be exploring culture and identity. What it is, the influence it has on individuals and the way in which it makes us more culturally aware.

We live in a world where billions of people co-exist with each other. By embracing and accepting cultural diversity as well as your own cultural identity, you are able to influence, accept and spread a common understanding, which is extremely important during this time. Understanding culture, identity and language are integral parts in not only increasing our own cultural competence but also understanding a wider society and ourselves.

“The greatest challenge in life is to be our own person and accept that being different is a blessing and not a curse. A person who knows whom they are lives a simple life by eliminating from their orbit anything that does not align with his or her overriding purpose and values. A person must be selective with their time and energy because both elements of life are limited.”– Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls.

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